25 Biggest Money-Making IPOs in History

Watching a private company go public can be a very exciting time for investors. This is a time when money is moving fast to grow a company and for those who own shares, it could be a fast way to make money.
Here are the 25 IPOs that made the biggest profits.

25. Swisscom

Swisscom Logo
IPO date: October 4, 1998
Nominal value: $5.58 billion
Adjusted for inflation: $9.01 billion
Ticker symbol: OTCMKTS: SCMWY
Current price: $58.31
When the government-owned Swissom – a monopoly – had a third of its shares released to the public, Switzerland's leading telecommunication company's IPO was the biggest in Europe.

24. Telstra Corporation

telstra-business-logo
IPO date: November 17, 1997
Nominal value: $5.65 billion
Adjusted for inflation: $9.28 billion
Ticker symbol: OTCMKTS: TLSYY
Current price: $13.80
Another telecommunications company had its company shares put out by the government to break up its monopoly too. Anyone who bought into the IPO has done well as it remains the largest telecom company in Australia.

23. Japan Airlines

Japan Airlines-Logo
IPO date: September 19, 2012
Nominal value: $8.5 billion
Adjusted for inflation: $9.8 billion
Ticker symbol: OTCMKTS: JAPSY
Current price: $12.31
Japan Airlines, owned by the state, filed for bankruptcy in 2010 but a restructuring and IPO had the airline becoming the third-biggest in all of Asia.

22. Hengshi Mining

Hengshi Mining
IPO date: November 26, 2013
Nominal value: $9.3 billion
Adjusted for inflation: $10.55 billion
Ticker symbol: SEHK: 1370
Current price: $1.06 (no shares available)
Now known as Aowei Holding, this Chinese mining company opened shares in 2013. Even with its huge IPO value, only 25% of the shares are available to the public – the rest is owned by the founder's family.

21. Electricite de France

EDF
IPO date: November 18, 2005
Nominal value: $8.33 billion
Adjusted for inflation: $11.4 billion
Ticker symbol: OTCMKTS: ECIFY
Current price: $2.86
France's largest state-owned utility company is so profitable it was the No. 1 biggest revenue maker in the world for utilities in 2020. When it went public, it broke records.

20. Glencore

Glencore-Logo IPO date: May 19, 2021
Nominal value: $10.05 billion
Adjusted for inflation: $11.94 billion
Ticker symbol: OTCMKTS: GLNCY
Current price: $8.95
Another Swiss company had a huge IPO – it was the largest on the London Stock Exchange when it debuted. The commodities company is global and works in 35 countries.

19. Kraft Foods

Logo-kraft-foods IPO date: June 12, 2001
Nominal value: $8.68 billion
Adjusted for inflation: $12.99 billion
Ticker symbol: NASDAQ: MDLZ
Current price: $63.31
Kraft may have a long history in America but it wasn't until 2001 that its IPO was offered. It's the world's fifth-largest food company and since its IPO launch, it has split the company into two with Mondelez International.

18. Dai-Ichi Life

Dai-Ichi Life
IPO date: April 1, 2010
Nominal value: $11 billion
Adjusted for inflation: $13.27 billion
Ticker symbol: TYO: 8750
Current price: 2,228 JPY
Life insurance is big business and Japan's insurance company had a successful IPO launch. Four years late, the company became the No. 1 life insurance company in the country.

17. Rosneft Oil Corporation

Rosneft logo
IPO date: July 13, 2006
Nominal value: $10.4 billion
Adjusted for inflation: $13.7 billion
Ticker symbol: OTCMKTS: OJSCY
Current price: $7.28
Russia's natural resources company has 40% of its shares owned by the government but the IPO launch was a huge success. The company is the world's 10th largest oil and gas supplier.

16. Bank of China

Bank Of China logo
IPO date: May 23, 2006
Nominal value: $11.2 billion
Adjusted for inflation: $14.8 billion
Ticker symbol: OTCMKTS: BACHF
Current price: $0.38
China owned its biggest bank but was constantly in trouble due to rumored corruption. Releasing stock to the public was meant to keep the company – one of the largest banks in the world – more in check.

15. France Telecom

france-telecom-logo
IPO date: October 17, 1997
Nominal value: $7.29 billion
Adjusted for inflation: $15.26 billion
Ticker symbol: NYSE: ORAN
Current price: $12.92
Now known as Orange S.S., the French government released 20% of shares in the late 90s. Today, the company is the country's largest telecom business and Europe's third-largest.

14. AT&T Wireless

ATandT Logo IPO date: April 26, 2000
Nominal value: $10.62 billion
Adjusted for inflation: $16.44 billion
Ticker symbol: NYSE: T
Current price: $29.01
When AT&T launched its IPO, it broke records. The company, which can track its roots straight back to the inventor of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell, is one of the largest in America.

13. Japan Tobacco Inc.

Japan Tobacco Inc IPO date: October 27, 1994
Nominal value: $9.57 billion
Adjusted for inflation: $17.1 billion
Ticker symbol: OTCMKTS: JAPAY
Current price: $9.97
Japan's leading tobacco company was state-owned when it released more than 50% of its shares. Today, it is the world's third-largest tobacco company.

12. Facebook

Facebook-Logo IPO date: May 17, 2012
Nominal value: $16 billion
Adjusted for inflation: $18.47 billion
Ticker symbol: NASDAQ: FB
Current price: $330.25
Everyone wanted a piece of Facebook when its IPO debuted in 2012. Despite Mark Zuckerberg wanting to keep the company private, public it went, becoming the largest IPO in the tech industry.

11. General Motors

General-Motors-logo
IPO date: November 19, 2010
Nominal value: $15.8 billion
Adjusted for inflation: $19.06 billion
Ticker symbol: NYSE: GM
Current price: $62.77
It took more than 100 years for America's big automotive company to go public. Then-struggling, the IPO followed a bankruptcy and at the time of its launch was the second-largest ever in the U.S.

10. Deutsche Telekom

Deutsche Telekom
IPO date: November 17, 1996
Nominal value: $12.48 billion
Adjusted for inflation: $21.2 billion
Ticker symbol: OTCMKTS: DTEGY
Current price: $21.28
When Deutsche Telekom went public, it helped turn the company into one of the most valuable in the world. You know the company in the U.S. as T-Mobile.

9. AIA Group

AIA Group IPO date: October 21, 2010
Nominal value: $17.78 billion
Adjusted for inflation: $21.45 billion
Ticker symbol: OTCMKTS: AAGIY
Current price: $49.73
Asia's largest public insurance and finance company became the world's third-largest IPO when it launched in 2010.

8. Visa

Visa-Logo IPO date: March 18, 2008
Nominal value: $17.86 billion
Adjusted for inflation: $22.15 billion
Ticker symbol: NYSE: V
Current price: $232.31
Who hasn't heard of Visa? Introduced in 1977, when the IPO was released more than 30 years later, and became – and remains – the largest IPO in history.

7. Softbank Group Corporation

Softbank Group Corporation IPO date: December 10, 2018
Nominal value: $21.35 billion
Adjusted for inflation: $22.56 billion
Ticker symbol: OTCMKTS: SFTBY
Current price: $36.76
Japan's holding company is involved in tech, telecom, AI, electronic payments, and much, much more. It's no wonder its IPO was so successful.

6. Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

BankofChina
IPO date: October 27, 2006
Nominal value: $19.07 billion
Adjusted for inflation: $25.24 billion
Ticker symbol: OTCMKTS: IDCBY
Current price: $12.93
Just as Bank of China went public to overcome corruption issues, ICBC launched with even greater – more profitable – success.

5. Enel SpA

Enel SpA
IPO date: November 2, 1999
Nominal value: $16.58 billion
Adjusted for inflation: $26.35 billion
Ticker symbol: OTCMKTS: ENLAY
Current price: $9.73
Italy's green energy power company became private just before Europe created the Euro. Today the company is the second-biggest in Europe and one of the top 10 in the world.

4. Saudi Aramco

saudi-aramco-logo
IPO date: December 2019
Nominal value: $25.6 billion
Adjusted for inflation: $26.54 billion
Ticker symbol: TADAWUL: 2222
Current price: $35.40
Although only 5% of this oil company was released to the public – the remaining 95 is government-held – the IPO became the largest in history at the time of its debut.

3. Agricultural Bank of China (AgBank)

Agricultural Bank of China (AgBank)
IPO date: August 13, 2010
Nominal value: $22.1 billion
Adjusted for inflation: $26.6 billion
Ticker symbol: OTCMKTS: ACGBY
Current price: $9.05
As a bank catering to China's agricultural and rural areas, AgBank is the most profitable of the banks that released public shares. At the time of its launch, it was the world's largest IPO.

2. Alibaba Group Holding Limited

baba-logo IPO date: September 18, 2014
Nominal value: $25 billion
Adjusted for inflation: $27.9 billion
Ticker symbol: NYSE: BABA
Current price: $213.32
Perhaps it was the success of Amazon's IPO and profits that led to the excitement of China's version of Amazon going public. Like Amazon, it has diversified and continues to rise in profits.

1. NTT DoCoMo Inc.

NTT DoCoMo logo
IPO date: October 22, 1998
Nominal value: $18.1 billion
Adjusted for inflation: $29.23 billion
Ticker symbol: OTCMKTS: DCMYY
Current price: $36.53 (no shares available)
And the most profitable IPO in history goes to this telecom company. At the time, the Japanese company embraced 3G and expanded to cover 100% of the country.
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